- "Sir, if you are as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning to Wheatland, you are a happy man indeed."
- Simple: Abraham Lincoln, if you are as happy to become President of the United States as I am to stop being President and go home, you are very happy.
- About the quote: Said to Abraham Lincoln after Lincoln became President (March 4, 1861).
- "What is right and what is practicable are two different things."
- Simple: What is the right thing to do, and what you are able to do are different things.
- James Buchanan (2004) by Jean H. Baker, Pg 140.
- Presidential Leadership : Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House (2004)
- James Buchanan on Wikipedia
- James Buchanan on Wikimedia Commons
- Works by James Buchanan on the English Wikisource
- White House Biography
- Works by James Buchanan at Project Gutenberg
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